Afghan military students go AWOL from Fort Benning, other U.S. posts

Afghan military students go AWOL from Fort Benning, other U.S. posts

(WTVM) – Seven Afghan students in U.S. military programs went absent without leave or AWOL this month, including two from Fort Benning.

Patrick Evans, the Commander of the U.S. Navy Defense Press Operations confirms that four went AWOL over the Labor Day weekend - the two from Fort Benning, one from Fort Lee, VA and one from Little Rock, AR.

Then, he says the same scenario happened with one Afghan student from Fort Gordon, GA and two from Fort Leonard Wood, MO on the weekend of September 17-18.

"It is important to note that the majority of Afghans who train in the U.S. successfully complete their training and return to their country.  However, there have been occasions where IMSOs (International Military Student Offices) have learned of plans to go AWOL. In some of those cases, those students have been returned immediately to their country," Commander Evans told us.

Carissa Cutrell with the Department of Homeland Security sent a statement saying:

"ICE's Homeland Security Investigations is aware of the situation, and is working in coordination with the State Department and the Department of Defense. Specific details regarding these activities are not available at this time."

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